This is great because online gender-based violence against women in West and Central Africa is little mentioned and measured. This study was carried out in 18 countries in these two regions of Africa and truly offers an idea of the scale of the phenomenon in this part of the world.
Everything about this initiative is amazing. The color palette, how the website looks “young” and adapted to our time. They also have many events related to gender, race, feminist internet, digital safety, and more. I love the intersection between all the different themes. It is based in Paris, France but covers Africa and its diasporas, which being 100% feminist.
Great mentions to legal vs societal contradictions. The penalties for digital violence go up to three years in prison but many women are unaware of the provisions of this law. Also loved the mention to feminist movements who widely criticized this law for its shortcomings.
This interview just shows the sad reality as the case of Loubna is not an isolated one. Her ex-fiancé posted intimate photos of her on social media because she left him. Of course she is the one who felt “guilty”, her family ostracized her and she had to quit his job. The big issue is that in Morocco relationships outside of marriage are punished by article 490 of the penal code, although there is a law protecting in case of harassment (including cyber harassment), Loubna almost faced jail time.
This is literally the only study done in Morocco based on a survey on OGBV. Also it reflects on how the majority of Moroccan women women interviewed have been victims of OGBV. A lot have also decided to remain silent because of the way it is perceived by society. The sad reality is that women fear of being seen as responsible, and others have told that they have been punished . This summary also showcases how little action is being taken against the aggressor.